25 Things About Me

 

 

Hi Friends…

Thank you so much for joining me on my journey!

This new chapter of my life as a surface pattern designer is 44 years in the making.  I have so much yet to learn…  I have so much that I want to make and to do and to share…  and I’m so very excited to share this process of learning, and growing and creating with you!

I want to warmly welcome you to get to know me better… and I’d love for you to respond in kind so that I may know you better, too!

Here are 25 random things about me…

1. I have one foot in reality and the other foot firmly in the fantasy world…  I’m one of the lucky ones who never quite lost their sense of childlike wonder & magic.  Thank goodness!
2. My favorite thing to do in this whole world is make my home look beautifully comfortable… I want it to be a reflection of me and a showcase for lovingly worn treasures that I’ve found at flea markets and thrift stores.  The stories these treasures tell make a house feel warm and familiar, I think.
3. I love to ride horseback and wish I would have done more of it when I actually had a horse. As a child, I was so afraid… I’m aiming to do more riding in my future.
4. My son is my world… His name is Sammy and he has long lashes, freckles and the best imagination…He tells one-of-a-kind bedtime stories that are so entertaining.
5. I love to watch the same movies 5.3 million times in a row…they are a great escape.  Practical Magic is one of my all-time favorites.
6. My favorite food is fried green tomatoes… haven’t tried them?  Reach out and I’ll send you my family recipe!
7. I would love to travel the world….but I’ll be happy to start right here in the US with a bit of travel.  My top picks to see are the Round Top flea market in Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Charleston, South Carolina
8. I love to garden and get my hands dirty.  I especially love gardens in shades of blue, purple, black, white and silver.
9. I love to find treasures in thrift stores….  farm-inspired treasures from the 30s and 40s are my favorites.
10. My Mom is one of my very best friends and my hero
11. My family and I aspire to own our own farmhouse…someday!
12. I could drink sweet tea until I fell over
13. I worked in a haunted house for years… and I loved loved loved it.  Lol…
14. I’m a Myers Briggs certified trainer.  My profile type is ENFJ
15.  I’m a Cancerian through and through and through!!!!
16.  I have a degree in Home Economics… I love how it has served me in practicality, creativity and independence over the years.
17. I grew up in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia…and am pleased to enjoy the lovely coast of Maine as my home today.
18. I was a product developer for toys for years.  Pretend food, my Cabbage Patch (Vanessa Stacie) and Strawberry Shortcake miniatures are still my favorite children’s toys from my own childhood… oh, and vintage stickers, too!
19. If I could live in a hot bubble bath, I would.
20.  I lose my mind in the fall…  shades of rust, smoky plum, forest green and steely blue are my most favorite and I can be convinced to buy nearly anything in these colors!
21. I am easily dazzled and amused…  I laugh at pretty much everything.
22. I love my husband, Neil, and don’t think I could have found a better match for me on the planet….Moreover, my entire family is wonderful and I’m blessed to have them.  They make me laugh and we go on the best adventures.
23. Symbolism intrigues me… What symbolizes you the most?  I aspire to have a mini tattoo of a bumblebee… my husband’s nickname for me.
24. I love to watch ghost shows!  I watch them until I scare myself to bits… then repeat.
25. I could eat nothing but cute appetizers and party food for the rest of my life. Cute, little party food just tastes better, doesn’t it?

I hope you feel welcome to stop by often…  It’s my sincere wish to have you get to share this new adventure with me.  I hope to delight and inspire you… get to know you… and learn from you.

Please feel free to say hello any time.  And thank you for your love and support.

Warmly,

Jackie

Things I’ve learned so far in designing fabric for quilters…

In designing for fabric… especially when it comes to fabric companies with a high demographic of quilters, I have learned a couple of things!  I thought I would scribble them down here for those of us who enjoy fabric design or are chasing a dream of designing for fabric.

Here you go:

1 – It’s great if your patterns are both dense and (whenever possible) non-directional so that a quilter can get the most “bang” for their buck and utilize scraps easily!

2 – Try and offer at least one white on white option… this is a favorite of quilters to have in their stash

3 – When it comes to quilting, heroes are always the most impressive, but having loads of complimentary and blender patterns is always a good idea as they are flexible to use for different projects and are more “nimble” within a project than the hero.

4 – There should be 9 to 12 patterns in a collection.  In some cases, design “high” so that you can whittle down the patterns that work best for your licensing partner.

5 – It is beneficial to have 2 -3 color stories… and even more beneficial to have those color stories mix and match well together.

6 – Be careful of using too many brush strokes/delicate detailing.. these marks are difficult to reproduce in mass production.

What else am I leaving out?  Please let me know and I will add to this post!

 

Happy designing!

 

Sharing a memory of Pop

I have it on good authority that my great-grandfather who was a farmer used to say, “I don’t need to go to church to know. I see God in the fields, in the change of the seasons, in the fall harvest.”

My whole heart agrees with him… I find my spirituality in nature.

Color Palettes and the Changing of the Seasons

Do you all change the color palette of your home for the seasons?  Recently, I was tasked with making a style guide for my business…and I realized that both professionally and personally… I swap color palettes entirely when it comes to the change over to fall… smoky plums, mustards and forest greens with garnet red and steely blue…and of course, my forever love, rusty/pumpkin orange… My heart just can’t help it.  They are as much a part of me as their summer/spring counterparts…farmhouse green, soft blush pink, worn red, cornflower blue and cream rule those sunshine-y months.

Once, when trying to describe my personal style preferences, I said to someone that I land somewhere between Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks…  Traditional farmhouse country charm meets witchy wondrous smoke and moonlight.  In my heart, I am equal parts both…and they are each two my favorite muses.

And here we are at the time of Lammas…  The traditional first day of harvest time…  A time when one foot is firmly in summer, and the other has crossed over into the dream that is autumn to come.  And I’m perfectly at home in my color-loving heart… swimming happily as the Mother Nature rejoices in both of my color palettes.  The best of both worlds.

 

My Interview with Bonnie Christine!

What a wonderful blessing it was to get to chat with my teacher and friend, Bonnie Christine.

Please enjoy a link to our interview together, as well as a clickable link to my featured story on her page celebrating designers!

http://surfacedesigntribe.com/celebrate

My Creative Journey

Before I started my journey as a surface pattern designer, I was a product development manager for a very ambitious consumer goods company.  I was over-worked, unhappy, and my health was in rough shape.   As much as I loved the team that I worked with, I knew that I desperately needed a change.  My biggest fear was that I lived for work…and as a new Mom, I didn’t want my son to grow up without me being more present in his life.  I changed jobs hoping that a new environment would help, but it was equally frenetic and I was miserable.
It was then that I saw a post from a good friend about Bonnie’s course.  I knew very little about illustrator and even less about being an artist.  But, I loved the idea of creating my own art, working with color, and seeing my work on products.  It resonated with me to my core.  My job had me manufacturing product for major retailers for years, but it was never MY art.  It never felt like “me.”  What would it feel like to walk into a store and see my work on shelves?
Henri Matisse said that “Creativity takes courage.”  With my husband’s support, I made the biggest leap of faith in my life and I quit my toxic job.  This was entirely out of character for me.  I was so unbelievably scared, but honestly, this path with all of its unknowns was safer and brighter to me than staying unhappy and unhealthy where I was before.  I resolved myself to the need for creating a positive change in my career.  And having just said good bye to a reliable paycheck, my biggest challenge was investing in something big and unknown for ME.
But, oh…. was it worth it.
Immediately after beginning this course, I felt empowered, inspired and so very excited!  Bonnie presents the course in delicious little bites… easy to retain and easy to understand.  I absolutely gobbled it up.  And today I find myself with a skill set that can be wielded toward so many different forms of income that my options are truly limitless.
This course gave me a much-needed lifeline back to being a more joyful, grateful, happy version of myself.  It took two years of honing my style, making dozens of patterns, and hearing “no” more times than I can count…but here I am today with a style that I am proud of that reflects my heart…and I’m absolutely over the moon to say that I have two new fabric collections on the horizon.  Can you believe it?!  It really is my dream come true.
The artwork that comes from your hand is as unique as your own fingerprint.  And the world needs to see it.  If you’re on the fence about this course, my advice would be to follow your heart and take the leap…  If nothing else, you’ll learn fantastic skills and join a community of warm-hearted, encouraging supporters.  One of my heroes, David Bowie, said “Go a little bit out of your depth.  And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”
The horizon holds so much for me.  I warmly welcome you to join me on my journey and invite you to reach out to me if you have questions.  It is truly my honor to be an ambassador for Bonnie’s Immersion course.  And I would love to help you succeed with your own creative journey.

Abundance

My word for this year will be “abundance,” and I’ve decorated a little art print with peonies which symbolize healing, prosperity, and a little bit of bashfulness (which I need to try and overcome to be seen). Little sprigs of rosemary are for remembrance…especially of where I was this time last year when this journey in surface pattern design began. Lots of growing is in store for me this year. Cheers to 2019!

There is beauty everywhere

Not much to say….just enjoying the sights of the season and wishing I had a farm. 🙂

Fall festivals are here!

The color and the spectacle of fall is here! We just went to our first two festivals of the season today. And right on time for the season, the blistering heat that we felt just last week fell away to brisk air and chilly temps. Here’s a bit of fall color for you… with the promise of more to come. Happy Autumn to all!

Off to Canada we go!

We are setting out on the last adventure of a very very busy summer.  My family and I are headed back to Prince Edward Island, Canada.  My husband’s family is from the island…and it is one of the prettiest places on earth.  It’s the land of red clay sand and beautiful forests….and the place that Anne of Green Gables called home.  Here’s a peek at a spectacular sunset on the island for your evening enjoyment.  <3  May you and yours being enjoying a few last lovely adventures together as this summer winds to a close.  <3

Much love, Jackie

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